Raab: 'I'm not sure that I would be in a position to do that' - Foreign Secretary quizzed on whether he will be housing an Afghan refugee

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Max Parry

By Max Parry

Published: 25/08/2021

- 11:35

Updated: 14/02/2023

- 11:15

Mr Raab paid 'tribute' to anyone willing to 'provide accommodation'

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he 'would not be in a position' to house an Afghan refugee, on To The Point on GB News.

Asked whether he would 'open up one of his spare rooms' to accommodate someone fleeing the Taliban-controlled country, Mr Raab said he has 'a very young family' but paid 'tribute' to anyone who is able to 'provide accommodation.'

He said, 'there is a well of goodwill, a sense of positivity about the contribution that these people can make.'

Asked about the special relationship between the US and UK, Mr Raab said 'we would have liked some more flexibility... a conditions-based approach to the withdrawal.'

'But we deal with the reality we face.'

'We'll work with the window we've got left to get as many people out as we possibly can.'

'I'm sure we'll continue to co-operate very closely with our American partners.'

Asked asked about the protection of the 'gains of the last twenty years' in Afghanistan, the Foreign Secretary said 'the gains haven't been lost yet, they are at risk, and that's why the PM convened the G7, got them together, focused on the priorities: safe passage out of our nationals and afghan workers, preventing Afghanistan being used as a base for a terrorist attack against us or regional neighbours, looking at the humanitarian situation...'

Mr Raab said he expected to see 'an exodus' from Afghanistan, following a statement from a Taliban spokesman who said they didn't wish to see a brain drain from the nation.

Questioned on whether he was comfortable with the Taliban holding a Twitter account, despite former President Donald Trump being banned, the Foreign Secretary said 'that's for the authorities on Twitter to decide.'

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